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College football: Notre Dame on upset alert vs. Michigan

by Berry Tramel Published: September 21, 2012
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photo - Notre Dame players, including Kendall Moore, left, Cierre Wood (20), Davonte' Neal (19), Theo Riddick and Chris Salvi (24) celebrate following a 20-3 win over Michigan State in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis) ORG XMIT: ELJ112
Notre Dame players, including Kendall Moore, left, Cierre Wood (20), Davonte' Neal (19), Theo Riddick and Chris Salvi (24) celebrate following a 20-3 win over Michigan State in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis) ORG XMIT: ELJ112

Notre Dame is resurgent. The Irish defense has been superb in victories over Navy (50-10), Purdue (20-17) and Michigan State (20-3).

But Saturday, Notre Dame faces a different kind of opponent. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.

Alabama put the shackles on Robinson, but Notre Dame hasn't. The Wolverines have won three straight from the Irish, and Robinson has gone wild in two of those games.

2011: Michigan won 38-35. Robinson threw for 338 yards and rushed for 108.

2010: Michigan won 28-24. Robinson threw for 244 yards and rushed for 258.

Notre Dame is a 6 1/2-point favorite, but go with Michigan in the upset.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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